5 Days in Costa Rica

We just got back from our whirlwind 5 day tour of Costa Rica!

Ok, well we got back on Wednesday.  I would have posted sooner, but I just haven’t had time this week.  Lazy Sunday night?  Not a bad time to throw some stuff into the keyboard and post some pictures.

Flying from Boston, through Baltimore, to San Jose; we split the 5 days into 3 portions.  Spending one night in Alajuela (near San Jose and the airport) after flying in let us slow down the trip.  Then it was onto La Fortuna for a night under the looming Volcan Arenal.  Following that up with two nights in Santa Elena (near the Monteverde Forest Reserve) rounded out the trip.

Flights were easy (and cheap, thanks to Rapid Rewards and the Companion Pass).  Once there, we picked up a rented car (also cheap, thanks to the travel credit on the girlfriend’s Chase Sapphire Reserve card).  And drove everywhere.  After Mexico and Costa Rica, I’ve really enjoyed renting a car and roadtripping through Latin America.  In the 5 days we travelled through the Pura Vida country, we logged 390 kilometers/242 miles.  Our rented wheels served us well throughout the trip, even along the 2 hours of awful, bumpy roads along the way to Santa Elena.

Road to La Fortuna-7

This little car performed admirably, driving through the country was probably the best decision we made!

Who am I kidding?  Those terrible roads were the most fun to drive on!

These pictures are just a taste, the landscape in Costa Rica is drop dead gorgeous, and driving through the country was probably the best part.  If you weren’t driving through the shadow of an ominous volcano, we were creaking across tiny bridges in the jungle, or bumping along 2 feet away from a 200 foot drop, with the sun setting across the mountains, and cattle grazing the fields as far as you could see.

Road to SJO.JPG

There’s that 200 foot drop I was talking about…

I’ll have a little more time this week to write more, but wanted to send along an update.  To fatter wallets and fuller passports!

-FH

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